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“There were probably about a dozen of my colleagues on the floor. I bet none of them knew it was written by a computer.”

U.S. Rep Jake Auchincloss, regarding the speech he gave about a bill that would establish a joint U.S.-Israel artificial intelligence center that was entirely written by the online AI chatbot ChatGPT. His staff believes it is the first time that an AI-written speech was read in Congress. To create the speech, Auchincloss prompted the system to “write 100 words to deliver on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives” about the bill; he had to refine the prompt several times before it rendered the speech he ultimately read. (Associated Press — Jan. 25, 2023)

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